'Kandy-Kolored' classic cars on show

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Classic car enthusiasts showed their version of what author Tom Wolfe called a "Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamlined Baby" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the entrance to the Albany Mall.

In Wolfe's essay book of that title he wrote about a car culture in California where cars were seriously loved. That culture has continued in one form or another throughout the country, including Southwest Georgia.

"We've got 55 family members in the club," said David Dougherty, club president. "The club started in 1970. We have trophies for cars shown here at the show and we raise money for charity with raffles."

The passion for cars that Wolfe described in 1965 rages through the enthusiasts that take years to lovingly restore the cars. A few had stories to tell about why they chose a particular make and model to restore.

Take the owner of a radiant-red 1957 Chevrolet that said he rebuilt the car because in his youth it was his first. He didn't want his name used because he said the back seat was involved in his first amorous memory.

Another Chevrolet participant, this one an owner of what later became known as a muscle car, a 1967 SS 396 Chevelle, said he just liked the looks so he restored it.

"I would have loved a 1966 model, but I found this 1967," said Jim Kelty. "I always like the looks of the Chevelle, no matter the year really."

Driving by the mall on Dawson Road, Tommy Clifton saw the colorful display of cars and decided to stop. He walked among the cars as recorded tunes associated with cars such as "Mustang Sally" and "Low Rider" played through the public address system.

Clifton said, "I thought I'd just take some time and look at the cars and drool."

The cars and many of their owners may have belonged to an era with cars and rock music now called classic, but the youngest in the crowd also enjoyed the show.

All of 5-years-old Mary Hobbs said, "The cars are just sooooooo hot!"